Notices, 24 October 2017

15 Pet Day (94)Pet Day, Friday 27 October 2017

Preparations for this year’s Pet Day & Open Day are well under way.  We still want to hear from families who will be bringing pets, if you haven’t already advised us.  Home Schooling families are welcome to join with us for the day, too.

Pet Day is always a great family fun day and we hope many parents, relatives, and friends will be able to come along for the day.

The following is our plan for the day:

Pet Day Programme:

  • 9:00     arrival and organisation:bring your children and animals directly to school ready for a 9.30 am.
  • 9:30     animal judging [on the top field]:
  •               agricultural:  lambs, calves, goats, dogs, all other pets
  • 11:00   morning tea/sausage sizzle. Bbq, food, and drinks will be for sale.
  •              Craft and floral exhibits on display
  • 12:30   closing:spot prizes,
  •               clean up, and depart


  • Animals will be kept on the top field and can be tethered to the fence.
  • The field will be used as the area for showing and judging.
  • Please make sure your children are considerate of the needs of all animals to avoid causing them distress on the day. 
  • Details of rules for pets are attached.

 3 Pet Day Rules – Animals

Floral and Craft Exhibits:

  • Preparation Day: On Thursday, 26 October, the children will spend the day making floral and craft entries at school in preparation for Pet Day
  • Home Schooling families are welcome to join in for this, too [please let us know a day or two in advance that you will be coming].
  • Could all children please bring plenty of flowers to school on Thursday. Surplus flowers will be pooled for general use, but students may set aside their own flowers for their own particular projects, too.
  • Bring any other items you may want to use for sand trays [ages 5-10] and vegetables for making vegetable creations [all age groups].
  • In particular, we are asking each child to make a slice tray as a cooking entry for the Pet Day competition.  These slice trays will then be used to help with the supper at the dance on the Saturday.  Please bring these to school on Thursday, to enable judging in the afternoon.

Judging of Floral and Craft Exhibits:

  • All floral and craft activities will be judged at the Learning Centre on Thursday after school. These will be judged in 4 categories:
  • Junior: Age 5-7
  • Primary: Age 8-10
  • Intermediate: Age 11-13
  • Senior: Age 14+

Competition Rules:

  • Rules for floral and craft activities are attached.

 3 Pet Day Rules – crafts 2017

Food Stall

  • We plan to have a BBQ and drinks available for sale, as well as tea and coffee.
  • Please let us know if you are able to help with this, or any other aspects of the day.

Please pray for a fine day, and plan to come along and enjoy the day together with your children and their pets!


Living Way 25th Anniversary Dance, Port Albert Hall, Saturday, 28 October

Our dance is coming up this week, and we have been doing a lot of preparation for it at school so far.  We will need some helpers with setting up the hall on either Friday afternoon [after Pet Day] or on the Saturday.  Contact Peter or Sharon if you can help with this.

It is shaping up to be a great night.  We have many folk from years gone by that will be joining us, and it will be good to see old friends again.

Don’t forget to book your tickets – you can buy them direct from school, or on the evening.  If you have already ordered your tickets, please remember to pay for them, either in cash at school or by internet banking to Living Way’s bank account: 020484 0083948-00 [please include your name in the reference fields so we can identify your payment!].  I hope we will see you there!



This is a regular notice we send out each term to remind you of our school’s policy for handling problems or complaints:

Should you have any concerns or questions about matters to do with your child and/or the school, in the first instance please see the staff member concerned.  If for any reason you feel they have not addressed your concern adequately you should then approach the Principal.  If neither of these avenues prove satisfactory, please feel free to contact any Board member:

  • Sharon or Allistair Shepherd              423 7522
  • Daniel Browne                                    423 8229
  • Danie or Rita Bosch                           09 421 0849

Following these procedure will minimise the occurrence of conflicts and will also enable your concern to be addressed the most effectively.  It may be harder to approach the person concerned directly but, when done with humility and gentleness, the outcome is far more likely to be successful for all parties.


Withdrawal of Students

Parents who wish to withdraw their children from Living Way Christian School are required to give six weeks’ notice in writing of their intention to do so. [excerpt from Living Way prospectus, 2017].


Run 4 Bibles Cross Country Competition with Otamatea Christian School,  Thursday, 2 November 2017

Please note that a date has now been set for this event – Thursday, 2 November.

This event is always a great day together with our friends at Otamatea Christian School, Maungaturoto, with whom we enjoy friendly rivalry.  We are steeling ourselves for some grueling, mud-plodding, cross country racing!

  • Please encourage your children to find sponsors for the Run 4 Bibles campaign, raising money for Bibles and discipleship programmes for African young people.
  • In addition to the cross country competition, we will be competing in a checkers and chess tournament [snakes and ladders for our younger students!].
  • We would be glad of parent help with transport and supervision for the day, please.  Come along and enjoy the day with us.
  • Children need to bring their lunches, and something warm to wear when not running, and perhaps a change of clothing for after the racing.
  • Departing Living Way at 9 am, returning by 3 pm.
  • Petrol costs of $6.00 per child will be charged to your stationery account.
  • Any home-schoolers reading this notice that would like to join us for the day are welcome – please contact us to make arrangements.

Please fill in the reply slip to let us know if you can help with transport…


Reply Slip:

Run 4 Bibles Cross Country Competition 

  • I can provide seat-belted transport for ………………… children [including my own].

Name:  ……………………………………………….[Parent].

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About the Author:

Mr T

I have been the Principal at Living Way since 1999, when my wife and I and our family moved here from Auckland.
We have loved being part of the Wellsford community, our local church community, and of course, the school community at Living Way.
I believe strongly in the value of Christian Education to help parents raise children that are strong and healthy, who love God and who will make a positive difference in the world around them.

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